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Once a journalist ...

My 15+ years in journalism started at the proofreading desk of The Stanford Daily, moved on to the newsroom, then a fellowship on the staff of the Sonoma Index-Tribune.

Fresh out of college, I covered the wine industry and local government, breaking news and the arts. I wrote columns every few weeks. It felt pretty dang cool to walk into the local coffee shop and see people reading an article I'd written — even cooler if I heard them talking about it.

My next stop: The Reporter, a mid-sized daily in Vacaville, Calif. My beat: schools. I loved covering education, interviewing students and superintendents, covering thorny issues like overcrowded classrooms and underfunded special education programs.
After landing in Seattle in 2000, I spent most of the next decade at The Associated Press. My exceptionally talented colleagues taught me how to figure out fast what you know and don't know, write even faster, and keep asking questions.

After the AP, I led Seattle's Child magazine as managing editor, beginning my pivot from mainstream journalism to storytelling with deeper roots in the local community.

Fast forward to 2012, when I founded Writerly Liz Consulting with a handful of clients (small businesses and some scrappy nonprofits) that had great stories to tell, they just needed some help telling them.

The rest is history in the making — a storytelling journey that continues to unfold in new and rewarding ways with each new project I tackle.

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